The Versatile Air Repair Ship HMS Unicorn, by Edgar Hibbert
Book published by Arthur H. Stockwell in 2006, 312 pages. Paperback (N4753P1)
From the rear side cover: During World War II Edgar Hibbert, aboard HMS Unicorn, patrolled the icy waters of the Atlantic protecting vital merchant shipping from the deadly German U-boats. He also served in the stifling heat of the Pacific against the deadly Japanese kamikaze bombers. As part of the Fleet Air Arm, Unicorn was a multipurpose aircraft carrier, repair and supply ship with a complement of 1,094 officers and men.
Edgar’s memoirs contain a fascinating insight into life aboard an aircraft carrier and an in-depth description of the intricate machinery which made it operational.
HMS Unicorn was an aircraft repair ship and light aircraft carrier built for the Royal Navy in the late 1930's. She was completed during the Second World War and saw action during the Battle for the Atlantic, as well as later providing air cover for the landing at Salerno (in Italy) in September 1943. The ship was transferred to the Eastern Fleet (based in the Indian Ocean) at the end of the year, and supported the aircraft carriers of the fleet on various operations, and later saw action during Operation Iceberg (the Allied invasion of Okinawa in May 1945). HMS Unicorn was decommissioned when she returned to the UK in January 1946.
Condition of the book is generally very good. The covers are clean and bright, the spine is intact and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover.